But of course, to the practitioners and those who have benefited from the legal profession, they look at lawyers as a group of 'perfectionist'. Even when lawyers flouted the law and refused to pay highway tolls, they are deemed to be doing the right thing.
Some lawyers may think that the profession is so special that the practitioners must be given special treatments and deserve a full respect from all parties, including the government. And some are of the opinion that the Bar Council is the most powerful embodiment in any country, so powerful that at anytime it supersedes the executive power of the government.
In Malaysia, the Bar Council is fast turning into a political forum rather than a legal platform. They've got their hands in almost everything - from deciding on toll rates to determining who should become the next prime minister. Gone are the days when lawyers were so engrossed with serving the clients and protecting their fundamental rights.
Our Bar Council is now a political platform for those who are oppose to the government. The Council itself is turning its back on the legitimate government by launching a series of attacks to undermine the administration and denying the people of their rights to be legally-represented. Apart from the exorbitant legal fee imposed, some clients will die before having their case settled.
As lawyers are so busy trying to help the Opposition 'run down the government', the process to get a court settlement for many cases have been delayed, resulting in the clients having to bear more cost in-waiting. And lawyers are getting choosy nowadays, attending to only those with the real bucks, thus depriving others (especially the lower income group) of legal impartiality.
And that's how they have been going around, campaigning about human rights, freedom and absolute democracy, failing to realise that the kind of freedom they sought would be disastrous in the context of a multi-racial and multi-religious Malaysia.
I wonder if Pakatan Rakyat wins the next general election and Anwar or Hadi or Guan Eng becomes the prime minister, will they stop the role of being an opposition platform? Should Barisan Nasional becomes the opposition, will they still tag themselves along with it? Or will they keep on supporting PR should the president of the Bar Council is made a Senator for the Law Minister portfolio?
Most lawyers are of the perception that since the law is 'in their hands', they are untouchable. The Bar Council is like a 'corporate and legalistic entity' - that nothing is wrong in its all doings. The president is deemed to hold the executive power of a prime minister or a sultan. Whatever decision made shall not be contested, even by the government.
We need good lawyers around. As human, lawyers and judges must be aloof and impartial but in some cases, they are easily mounted by politicians and used by those with money.
Talking to lawyers too is not easy nowadays without them having to drop for a while all the legal jargon used in court. Its boring!
But I can bear such a boredom rather than seeing them being a political tool for irrelevant course.
Since Malaysia is a delicate country, the Bar Council should well admit the fact that any move or decision it makes should be in tandem with the spirit of multi-racial and multi-religious society. They can do anything they wish in the US, UK, Germany or Japan but in Malaysia, a minor error could lead to a disaster.
If our Bar Council members are willing to compromise to such facts, then they really are special people who deserve full respect. As for now, I personally see them as trouble-makers!